Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Miller
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1867
Died: 9 January 1950
Bio Notes: Robert Miller was born c.1867 the son of Robert Miller, master joiner, and Janet Newlands. In 1882 he was articled to McKissack & Rowan, where he remained as draughtsman for two years after completing his apprenticeship. He then spent two years as assistant to Alexander Skirving before moving to Ayr, where he served as assistant to Morris & Hunter for two years, returning to Glasgow in 1892 to join William Gardner Rowan, who was now in independent practice, as assistant. The following year he commenced practice on his own account.

In 1899 Miller was joined in partnership by Andrew Black (born 1862), a fine draughtsman with a place in history as an influential teacher of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Both architects were admitted FRIBA on 11 June 1906, their proposers being John Keppie, Horatio Kelson Bromhead and C J MacLean. In their Gothic work the influence of Rowan's free neo-perpendicular was marked.

Miller was active in public life as President of the Rutherglen Unionist Association and at the Trades House where he reached the Visitor's Chair in the Incorporation of Maltmen and Mealmen in 1906 and 1934; and in 1923 he was Deacon of the Incorporation of Skinners. He was also a prominent mason as master of the Lodge of St John No. 3 bis and a Burns enthusiast, becoming President of the Bridgeton Burns Club. His other interests included the Grand Antiquity Society.

Black died in 1927. Miller continued the practice under the existing title of Miller & Black until at least 1939. He died on 9 January 1950 at 47 Viewpark Drive, Rutherglen.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 681, St George's Place, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1894 *  
Item 2 of 65, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1899 *  
Item 3 of 627, Monteith Row, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1901After 1907 
Item 4 of 658, Renfield Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1904After 1931 
Item 5 of 6132, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19341939 or after 1940 
Item 6 of 647, Viewpark Drive, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1950 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6McKissack & Rowan18821886Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6McKissack & Rowan18861888Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 6Alexander Skirving18881890Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Morris & Hunter18901892Assistant 
Item 5 of 6William Gardner Rowan18921893Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Miller & Black1899After 1939Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1David Bateman Hutton18981899Apprentice(?) 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Horatio Kelson Bromhead11 June 1906for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3John Keppie11 June 1906for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3C J MacLean11 June 1906for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4George Boag Baird15 October 1930for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 4David Bateman HuttonEarly 1915for Fellowship
Item 3 of 4James MilneJune 1921For Associateship
Item 4 of 4Robert Harkness Wallace10 July 1939for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 501896Southern Young Men's Christian Association, St Andrew's CrossEglinton Toll GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 501897Co-operative BuildingsBridgeton GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 501898Engineering Works  GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 501898Glasgow Oil and Chemical Works office block  GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 50After 1899Kingston Mission  GlasgowScotlandMain part of building - date unknown
Item 6 of 501900Dennistoun UP (or UF) Church hall and church officer's houseDennistoun GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 501900Engine Waste Factory  GlasgowScotlandAddition.
Item 8 of 501900Offices for Thomas Hinshelwood & Co  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 501902Broomhill UF Church and hallsPartick GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 10 of 501903Kennyhill House  GlasgowScotlandMajor reconstruction
Item 11 of 501903St Crispin Works  GlasgowScotlandNew building
Item 12 of 501904Glenbarry HouseLenzie DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 13 of 501904R Wylie Hill's warehouse  GlasgowScotlandRebuilding after fire
Item 14 of 501905Strathblane Free ChurchBlanefield StirlingshireScotlandRebuilding after fire
Item 15 of 50190725-29 Causeyside StreetPaisley Renfrewshire  
Item 16 of 501907Bakery, Soho Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 501907St Andrews Church of Scotland  ColomboSri Lanka (formerly Ceylon, un 
Item 18 of 501909Bellshill Baptist ChurchBellshill LanarkshireScotland 
Item 19 of 501909Engine Waste Factory  GlasgowScotlandAddition
Item 20 of 501909Hamilton Baptist Church and HallsHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 21 of 501909South Shawlands church hallShawlands GlasgowScotland 
Item 22 of 501910Reformed Presbyterian Church  GlasgowScotland 
Item 23 of 501911Barrowfield Weaving Factory  GlasgowScotlandThree storey block added at rear
Item 24 of 501911Hillhead Baptist Church Mission  GlasgowScotland 
Item 25 of 501912Engineering Works  GlasgowScotlandReinstatement after fire
Item 26 of 501912Ladywell Wire Works  GlasgowScotlandRear extension
Item 27 of 501912South Shawlands ChurchShawlands GlasgowScotland 
Item 28 of 501915Frys Building  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction
Item 29 of 501920sChurch of Christ  GlasgowScotland 
Item 30 of 501921Factory for Messrs Samuel GilchristHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 31 of 501922Harper Memorial Baptist Church  GlasgowScotland 
Item 32 of 501924Uphall UF ChurchUphall West LothianScotland 
Item 33 of 501927Partick Baptist ChurchPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 34 of 501929Rutherglen West Parish Church Halls and church houseRutherglen LanarkshireScotland 
Item 35 of 501931Hall Memorial Church of Scotland, Dalmarnock RoadBridgeton Glasgow  
Item 36 of 501931Public Kitchen, Battery ParkGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 37 of 501932Cambuslang Baptist Church, Memorial hallsCambuslang LanarkshireScotland 
Item 38 of 501932Congregation of Christians  GlasgowScotland 
Item 39 of 501933Shawlands & Langside UF Church  GlasgowScotland 
Item 40 of 501934Church HallsCowie StirlingshireScotland 
Item 41 of 501934Infants' SchoolBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 42 of 501934Premises of D J Black, printerBridgeton GlasgowScotlandExtension
Item 43 of 501935South Carntyne ChurchCarntyne GlasgowScotland 
Item 44 of 501937Buildings for Film Transport Services  GlasgowScotland 
Item 45 of 501937Chalmers Memorial Free ChurchAnstruther Easter FifeScotland 
Item 46 of 501939Children's ClinicGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 47 of 501939St Philomena's RC School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 48 of 501945(?)Premises for Kidmar Hosiery Co Ltd, Swanston Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 49 of 501948Redhall, Parkhhouse RoadBarrhead RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations and additions (may not be involved- probably retired at this date)
Item 50 of 50Before 1950CottagesColintraive ArgyllScotland 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 5Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 5RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 5RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 5 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder27 January 1950v178 p139 - obituary
Item 2 of 2Scotsman11 January 1950  p3 Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F v17 p43 no1118 (microfilm reel 12)

Images

© All rights reserved. The Bailie 26 September 1923 (Courtesy of Iain Paterson) 

© All rights reserved. The Bailie 26 September 1923 (Courtesy of Iain Paterson)